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Information Officer (Project), P-3
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:   27 Apr 2010
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   26 Feb 2010
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   United Nations Environment Programme
DUTY STATION:   Nairobi
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:   10-IMA-UNEP-423843-R-NAIROBI


Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. This position is funded for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.
 
Remuneration
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Responsibilities
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP's Division of Communications and Public Information (DCPI) communicates UNEP's core messages to all stakeholders and partners, raising environmental awareness and enhancing the profile of UNEP worldwide. This post is located in UNEP/DCPI at the Nairobi duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Head, Internet Unit, and the general guidance of the Director, DCPI, and in collaboration with the other UNEP divisional, regional and out-posted offices, the incumbent will be responsible for the general coordination of the maintenance and development of the UNEP corporate website. In particular, the incumbent will: • Oversee the development of UNEP websites. • Coordinate input and work closely with relevant UNEP programme managers to identify, edit and publish relevant material for UNEP’s website, especially in relation to Climate Change and the other priority areas. • Manage, direct, and plan the activities of the content teams, including recruitment, daily supervision, training and development, and performance appraisal, to ensure that the organizational strategic objectives are met. • Guide all content generating staff in performing their functions to ensure that online content is delivered in a timely manner and in a format suitable to end users needs. • Provide guidance to content editors to ensure compliance with UNEP’s web publishing guidelines and maintain a harmonized corporate look. • Participate in the restructure/redesign of www.unep.org/climateneutral and development of the Website Content Management System. • Develop appropriate navigation/browsing structures to ensure efficient access by target audience(s). • Contribute to the formulation of the Programme of Work for DCPI and UNEP as a whole by providing managerial and technical advice and inputs to the Head, Internet Unit on matters relating to content architecture and dissemination on the web. • Contribute to the formulation of web publishing policies and procedures affecting the creation, development, and maintenance of the UNEP website. • Provide budget and cost projections required in the delivery of the Programme of Work for the unit, including human and financial resources. • Prepare reports on behalf of Internet Unit for input into UNEP systems, including the Integrated Monitoring and Document Information System, Intergrated Management Information System, Statistics, and other ad hoc reports. • Respond to any managerial and web content management issues that may arise. • Act as Officer-in-Charge of the Internet Unit in the absence of the Head, Internet Unit. • Perform any other duties that may be assigned.

Competencies
Professionalism: Knowledge of information management, content management systems; Excellent coordination, organization and planning skills, with the ability to work under pressure; Knowledge of the UN system, including the UN common country programming process; Ability to manage complexities and adapt to changing environment; Focus on impact and results; Ability to operate effectively across organizational and country boundaries. Teamwork: Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; Ability to lead and gain assistance and cooperation of others in a team endeavour; Ability to work independently and to participate effectively in a team based information sharing environment. Communication: Ability to express ideas clearly, concisely and persuasively, including the ability to defend and explain difficult issues; Ability to draft/edit a variety of reports on UN policy issues and strategies. Planning and Organizing: Ability to identify priority activities and assignments, handle multiple activities and projects concurrently and make necessary adjustments as required; Ability to foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning. Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibly within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; Operates in compliance with organization regulations and rules; Supports subordinations; Takes personal responsibility for shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.



QUALIFICATIONS

Education
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communications, international relations or related area. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in information management/public information, in the area of environment or related field of which three should be at the international level preferably in the United Nations. Experience in managing and leading teams, designing and developing website infrastructures, developing content for websites, management reporting and general communications activities such as writing and editing information materials required.

Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Other Skills
Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office, Internet, email) are required.


The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).   English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, TRAINING OR ANY OTHER FEES). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON BANK ACCOUNTS.

PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.

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